Death brings a family closer together? In our family it has been the case. My sister who passed away 8/08 must be looking down on us, with a big smile on her face. The months leading up to her death things with family members started looking up. I felt that it was just going to be a short term because I believed that all of us would just go on our way when our hearts didn't hurt so much from her loss.
Fast forward almost 4 years since her passing and both my brothers, neices, nephews, parents and my own children have come together on for many different gatherings. I now live in the same town as my younger brother and just a few minutes from my parents.
I love it that my brother will stop in for coffee just to chat it up with me or my neices or nephews come over just to hang out. The times that we gather together as a group we seem to end up talking about fun times that we shared together many years ago. My brother who lives farther away for the first time since being adults gave me the nicest birthday card this past year. It brought tears to eyes. I keep all the cards given to me and I put them in a photo box. Someday,,,I'll put them all in a scrapbook.
I wish it didn't take my sister dying to bring us together and closer, but everything happens for a reason. I'm so glad that we can stop and take time for each other. Live is good.